More About the Author
An avid home baker and journalist for more than two decades, REBECCA MILLER FFRENCH has been producing events and kid's parties since 1997. A former Contributing Writer for Condé Nast's Cookie, her children's how-to party stories appeared in the pages of the magazine for four years. She also appears regularly on "Good Morning America," NY1, New York's NBC Channel 4, and WB 11 as a party expert. Her work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple Family, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Rebecca is a regular blogger for babycenter.com. She lives with her husband and two girls in upstate New York. Visit her online at rebeccamillerffrench.com.
From the Author --
One of the strongest ties a family shares is food: the traditional dishes, the ritualistic preparation, the celebratory table, and the personal conversations exchanged over meals. With the recipes in this book, I hope to inspire you to explore your own history through recipes and record it for posterity. Through my own explorations, I've learned there are many ways to preserve family ties. There need not always be the perfect photo album documenting each and every event. Instead, a favorite tangible item, say a kitchen tool or apron, artfully displayed may provide more memories than a photo. The chapter "Preserving," will give you ideas for tracing and documenting your own family history. "Celebrating" shares ideas for holidays, birthdays, and more. This chapter, packed with ideas for fun and easy dessert presentations, encourages you to recreate or carry on traditions so they may become a part of future generations' celebrations. There are several simple craft ideas for meaningful decorations that, when handed down, will carry with them fond memories and nostalgic reflections. "Giving" includes tried and trusted recipes that are great for gift giving plus inventive ideas for wrapping, packaging, and sending sweets. I truly believe handmade presents embody the essence of giving, and continuing or creating the tradition of gifting homemade baked goods is a special way to share recipes. In "Creating" I encourage you to start your own traditions. You need not come from a recipe-rich family or historically significant clan to make history. Your recipes reveal a lot about you. Share them, store them, record them.